Avery and Li Lead MIT at New England Championship

Sophomore Mounica Paturu
Sophomore Mounica Paturu

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Freshmen Cordelia Avery (New York, N.Y.) and Jessica Li (Englewood, Colo.) both secured third place in sabre and foil, respectively, as the MIT women's fencing team finished fourth out of 14 squads at the New England Championship hosted by Mount Holyoke College on Saturday. Sophomore Madison Douglas (Concord, Mass.) bolstered the sabre squad with a fourth-place performance while classmates Laura Jarin-Lipschitz (Rosemont, Pa.) and Mounica Paturu (Acton, Mass.) secured seventh and eighth place for the epee unit.

Avery finished atop the standings in the "A" qualifying pool with a ledger of 12-1 and then won all five of her bouts in the first round-robin of elimination action. In the next round, she went 3-2 to help her capture third place. Competing in the "B" pool, Douglas was third with a total of 10-3 and then posted a record of 3-2 in the first round as one of her losses was against Avery. Douglas then closed out the day by going 2-3 in the second round to finish fourth overall. Junior Eliza Mace (Lansdowne, Va.) rounded out the sabre squad with a 6-6 outing in the "C" pool to finish sixth while the Engineers were fourth in the team standings.

The best foil performance for MIT in four years, Li generated an 11-2 total in the "A" group which put her in second place heading into the elimination rounds where she went 3-2 in both outings en route to a bronze medal. Freshman Lynda Tang (San Jose, Calif.) was fifth in the "C" pool with a mark of 9-4 as junior Rebecca Shi (Plainsboro, N.J.) secured seventh place courtesy of a 7-6 performance in the "B" group. As a team, the Engineers were fifth in the overall standings.

Jarin-Lipschitz improved upon last year's outing by moving up two spots to seventh in the epee competition after winning 12 of her 13 bouts in the "B" pool and going 3-2 in the first round. Paturu's eighth-place ranking was achieved by a 9-4 performance in the "A" group and a 2-3 total in the opening round. Sophomore Manting Lao (Columbus, Ohio) completed the fourth-place epee contingent with a 7-6 mark that resulted in the fifth spot in the "C" pool.

MIT returns to action on Sunday, March 9 at the NCAA Northeast Championship to be held at Wellesley College.